Grating the Nutmeg Episode 107: Florence Griswold Opens Her Home to American Impressionisn


Florence Griswold in her dining room. Courtesy Florence Griswold Museum

Mary Donohue, assistant publisher of Connecticut Explored, talks to Florence Griswold Museum curator Amy Kurtz Lansing about one of the most beautiful places to visit in Connecticut: the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme. Did Old Lyme become the home to an art colony because of the good food at Miss Florence’s boardinghouse or because of the soft, lovely light on the salt marshes along the Lieutenant River? The episode uncovers the roots of the Old Lyme Art Colony and two exhibitions on view now: Celebrating 20 Years of the Hartford Steam Boiler Collection, an exhibition that marks the arrival of 190 works of art in 2001 and a gift that transformed the museum, and The Centennial of the Lyme Art Association Gallery, about the museum’s neighbor, that partially recreates its 1921 inaugural exhibition in the shingle style building designed by society architect Charles A. Platt, designer of the Freer Art Gallery in Washington, DC and the Lyman Allyn Museum in New London, Connecticut. Florence Griswold was inducted into the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame in 2002. This episode was produced by Mary M. Donohue and engineered by Patrick O’Sullivan.

Dining room today, Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme. Courtesy Florence Griswold Museum

Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme. Courtesy Florence Griswold Museum

Hartford Steam Boiler Gallery, Florence Griswold Museum. Courtesy Florence Griswold Museum

Florence Griswold Museum. Courtesy Florence Griswold Museum

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Read more!
The Spirit of Miss Florence Restored,” Winter 2005/2006
“‘Only waiting to be painted’: The Inspirational Landscape of Old Lyme,” Summer 2006

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